The Ismaili CIVIC Pakistan introduced a module on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability for schools to aid teachers and parents understand the fundamental concepts of Climate Change and Environment. The module is developed in partnership with LUMS Learning Institute, Aga Khan University – Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) and Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan.
Lisbon, Portugal, 4 September 2022 – The Ismaili Imamat has announced it will be donating US$10 million to support relief efforts following the severe flooding in Pakistan. $5m will be donated directly to the Government of Pakistan while a further $5m will be provided to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) agencies in the country, which are engaged in the relief efforts.
The Council for Pakistan would like to provide an update on the current economic climate prevalent within the country which remains delicate and there is a need for the Jamat to take careful steps during the present conditions.
As the nation celebrated Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day with enthusiasm, the Ismaili Girl Guides rejoiced in the day by continuing their legacy of voluntary work. 1,800 Ismaili Girl Guides across Pakistan showed their love and patriotism for the country by indulging in social action and community service giving 6,500 minutes on 75 different projects, benefiting more than 3,500 people, reflecting on the multiple themes of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by United Nations to address global issues and challenges.
Sepak Takraw, a unique sport, also known as kick volleyball, is a team sport, played with a ball made of rattan or synthetic plastic, between two teams of two to four players on a court, resembling a badminton court. Unlike volleyball, in Sepak Takraw, players are not allowed to use their hands to play with the ball and are required to use their feet, head, knees and chest to volley the ball. An emerging sport in Pakistan, Sarfaraz Rehman and Deedar Rani Durdana Khan represented Pakistan at the King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Championship in Thailand.
"A cosmopolitan society regards the distinctive threads of our particular identities as elements that bring beauty to the larger social fabric," replied Mawlana Hazar Imam in response to a question about globalization at Harvard University. The trend toward globalization has ushered us into an age of residing as a global village. To navigate through the challenges posed by increasingly globalized societies, it has become imperative to enhance and promote inter- and intra-religious harmony and develop mutual understanding and empathy based on an acknowledgement of religious diversity and differences.
From creating start-ups to igniting revolutions, young people have been toppling the old structures and processes that govern our world. Just imagine what solutions might be found if young people are given the space and encouragement to participate and lead – Kofi Annan, (Excerpts from a speech made on the International Youth Day in 2013)
With the advent of the 21st century and the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has changed its course for the future. Demanding creativity, collaboration, strong communication, leadership and resilience in the light of adversities, the youth today face unique challenges. Investment in our youth is the best investment a community can make to secure a dynamic future. Sensitive to the needs of the Jamati youth in Pakistan, the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan (AKYSBP) organised the Broadening Horizons Youth Camp (BHYC), an eight-day residential camp in Hunza.
For more than a century, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and its predecessor institutions have worked for under-developed communities in Asia and Africa to enhance their quality of life. The role of Imamat in the development of the subcontinent goes back to the time of Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah, who was a stalwart of education. He advocated for quality education and supported the Aligarh University Movement by providing funds, leadership and guidance. By establishing the first Aga Khan School in Gwardar in 1905, Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah laid the foundation of AKDN more than a century ago.
This summer, more than 100 mountaineers set a record by conquering the world’s second highest mountain, K2 in the early morning hours of July 22, 2022. Amongst them, nine brave Ismaili mountaineers completed their summit and set new records for Pakistan.
The Ismaili Pakistan is pleased to present a compilation of Photographs, Artworks and Creative Writing samples of winners and runner-up of AKS – National Arts Competition.
AKS is one of the many initiatives launched as a part of Ismaili CIVIC Pakistan in the first year of its execution that centralises the environment as a core theme for this year. AKS, a national art competition, encourages youth across Pakistan to articulate their relationship with nature and their ideas for environmental sustainability using diverse artistic expressions.